Security experts note that a new wave of malware browser extensions have been plagued computer users around the world. The Nyoogle redirect (known under its full name Nyoogle – Custom Logo for Google) has been found to be among the newly released viruses targeting end users. It is able to misconfigure the victim applications and cause a lot of security and privacy activities including the delivery of other threats.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The redirect can change the homepage, search engine and new tab on each browser installed on the compromised machine.|
|Symptoms||Depending on the exact redirect configuration different behaviour patterns can be executed. The list includes user redirection, malware infections and etc.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Nyoogle Redirect – Distribution
The primary distribution technique used by the Nyoogle redirect is the creation of dangerous copies of it in the official software repositories of the most popular web browsers. The fact that the malware group behind it have created versions for the most popular applications shows that their intentions are to impact as many users as possible. Such is the case of this particular threat as it has been made compatible with the most poopular applications: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
It is being advertised as quick and easy Google logo changer. A sample description reads the following:
Replace the Google logo with any logo !
Hey, do you want to change the Google logo? Do it now with Nyoogle !
Custom text, custom image :)
– Google Nyoogle : Custom Logo for Google Chrome
– Extension for fun only, free to use.
Another strategy that is often employed in similar cases is the distribution of malware software installers. These bundles are contain legitimate installers taken from the official software providers and then modified to include the Nyoogle redirect code. In some cases it may be possible to disallow the installation if the victims uncheck certain options during the setup process.
Email messages that use templates may be used in order to deliver the attacks in multiple ways. Social engineering is almost always used and there are three primary ways of infecting users via this method:
- Hyperlinks —The messages can contain links to hosted instances of the Nyoogle redirect. They can be disguised as useful software or other files that the users may find interesting.
- File Attachments — The installers can be bundled directly to the messages either as setup files or archives.
- Infected Documents — The criminals behind the attack can create documents in different formats: rich text documents, spreadsheets, presentations. Once they are opened by the computer users a notification prompt appears which asks them to enable the built-in macros (scripts). If this is done the malware is downloaded from the Internet anad executed directly.
The Nyoogle redirect infections can also be acquired from web scripts that are often part of hacker-controlled sites. They can have many forms including pop-ups, banners, redirects and scripts. By interacting with such elements the victims can get infected with the dangerous code.
Nyoogle Redirect – In Detail
The Nyoogle redirect has been found to contain various browser hijacker behavior patterns. Depending on its exact configuration it may alter some of the basic web browser settings including the default home page, search engine and new tabs page. Such modifications are done in order to redirect the users to a hacker-controlled page. As a consequence dangerous can be instituted on the victims. They monitor the users behavior, interests and habits and report the data to the hacker operators. Usually such sites are usually created as part of a network and the acquired data is pooled into a large database that can generate a complete profile of the victim users. There are two primary types of information:
- Anonymous Data — This category represents represents statistical information such as the type of web browser and version impacted.
- Personally-Identifiable Information — The harvested data of this type can directly expose the victims identity. As the infections happen from the browsers the hackers gain access to the stored history, cookies, bookmarks, preferences, account credentials and passwords.
Advanced configuration and hacker tactics can use the existing infection to deliver additional malware to the compromised computers. This is an effective solution when the operators plan a complex infection. In such cases system changes can follow that can impact the operating system as a whole. This can result in modifications to important configuration files, boot options and the Windows registry.
The Nyoogle redirect has also been found to modify the proxy settings. As a result all Internet traffic is relayed through a hacker-controlled server. This gives the hackers the ability to execute Man-in-the-middle attacks and traffic manipulation.
During the investigation the experts discovered other similar threats that operate in roughly the same manner. It is believed that the same hacker or criminal group are behind them — the Lite Bookmarks browser hijacker (associated with the lite-bookmarks [dot] info domain) and the Stickies – Chrome’s Post-it Notes (Google Chrome extension associated with the stickies [dot] pro domain).
How to Remove Nyoogle Redirect
The detailed guide below shows how to remove Nyoogle redirect from all affected browsers and from the PC. In some cases, the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate completely the hijacker. So be advised to run a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool. It will locate all leftovers so you can easily delete them with a few mouse clicks. Furthermore, an active anti-malware tool on the system guarantees its protection from future malware infections.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Nyoogle from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Nyoogle from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Nyoogle from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Nyoogle from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Nyoogle from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Nyoogle from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Nyoogle from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Nyoogle from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Nyoogle
Step 2: Uninstall Nyoogle and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Nyoogle on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Nyoogle there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Nyoogle from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Nyoogle and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Nyoogle via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Nyoogle files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Nyoogle, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Nyoogle from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Nyoogle from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Nyoogle from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Nyoogle from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Nyoogle will be removed.
Eliminate Nyoogle from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.